Apple Magic Keyboard

I read about that earlier.

Also I have a solar powered calculator (basic operations) since… 1979 (Radio Shack EC-402), still working after all these years !

i used to have one of the solar powered calculator back in the old days

I have a solar-powerd Casio CM100 Programmers calculator… its over 40 years old and still works like a champ

[quote=433799:@Norman Palardy]I replaced all my fancy bluetooth wireless stuff with wired ones - and for less than Apple wanted

Magic mouse - I loved it but “Connection Lost” made me say to hell with that
Same for the magic keyboard

Now I use a wired mac keyboard (that I’ll need to replce soon with one from macally or something) and a wired mouse

mouse is 100% reliable and the keyboard I can replace with a nice backlit one

good bye “connection lost”[/quote]

Glad I’m not the only one that decided that connected via wire is cheaper and more reliable. I’m just not a fan of BlueTooth powered peripherals for my main computer. For my laptop, yes, but for my main dev computer I want them wired so there no issues - ever. They need to work all the time. I just recently bought a new $20 mouse after the old one developed an iffy click that was annoying.

Check out most gamers mice
They’re almost always wired so you dont die when bluetooth decides to drop out :stuck_out_tongue:

How do you live with the awful clacking noise of the keyboard? The keyboard of my iMac lasted about half an hour and then it got back into the package. Now I’m using my old wired keyboard without numpad again.

If Bluetooth is so terrible for you, you do realise you can plug the Apple Magic Keyboard in with any lightning-USB cable that you get with an iPhone? Then it just behaves like a wired keyboard.

On the plus side, this forum is one of the few places in which I can still feel young :wink:

Trixie, that Logitech I mention above splits the difference between a noisy mechanical (like a gamer heavy-duty keyboard) and the Apple chiclet keyboards.

That cord is for charging, I believe the communication is still BT

That’s not correct. You can have Bluetooth disabled entirely and still use a Magic Keyboard while it’s plugged in. Some people leave it plugged in all the time and use it as a wired keyboard. I’m not one of them as I hate wires but I just tested it for you.

I stand corrected (but I did say “I believe”). but it is still a terrible keyboard as it bends to easy, which is why when Apple replaced mine, I put it in a drawer where it will stay until I need a temporary keyboard for some reason.

That’s your opinion. I’ve been using them for over a decade and my opinion is that they aren’t “terrible” at all. Comfortable, small, charge lasts for weeks.

I do have one minor complaint about my current Magic Keyboard 2 model and that is that the lettering is weirdly coming off one of the letters. I do use it for far too many hours a day but that hasn’t happened to me since one of the early PowerBooks.

None of this is relevant to Richard’s two physically stuck keys though :slight_smile:

I am still willing to bet that the keyboard is bent (mine was only like 1/8" if that much) but it caused the keys on the left edge to snag

And this keyboard is much thinner that the previous “wired only” versions that I have.

and yes, it is my opinion, something that as far as I knew, I was still entitled to :slight_smile:

Great, this is my kind of bet! How much are you willing to bet? Bear in mind that I’m looking at my keyboard right now :wink:

If you want something we can both agree on, however, I present you with the charging method for the Magic Mouse… https://images.app.goo.gl/AAPMi6nguFaZWKbv8

[quote=433844:@Gavin Smith]If Bluetooth is so terrible for you, you do realise you can plug the Apple Magic Keyboard in with any lightning-USB cable that you get with an iPhone? Then it just behaves like a wired keyboard.

On the plus side, this forum is one of the few places in which I can still feel young ;)[/quote]

Cant do that with the magic mouse though which i what I really want
I’ve always used a wired keyboard

Would love a wired magic mouse

[quote=433864:@Gavin Smith]Great, this is my kind of bet! How much are you willing to bet? Bear in mind that I’m looking at my keyboard right now :wink:

If you want something we can both agree on, however, I present you with the charging method for the Magic Mouse… https://images.app.goo.gl/AAPMi6nguFaZWKbv8[/quote]

tough to USE the mouse like that :stuck_out_tongue:

Mechanical keyboards are so great, I even designed my own: https://thezaz.com/blog/introducing_the_instigator_key They’ll last forever.

They have much more travel distance than traditional scissor keys. They give your fingers a little bump when actuating, which is sooner than actually pressing the key all the way, which helps your fingers know for sure that a key was pressed. This typically improves typing speed and confidence. Plus you can remove the key caps and clean under the keys too.

There’s lots of great things about mechanical keyboards that make typing on them a dream. The downside is their cost, weight, and sound. They’re expensive, heavy, and “bottoming out” a key is loud. You can get the keys with bumpers, but I personally feel like there is always something stuck under the keys. They have switches that make less noise too. A number of manufacturers sell switch sample kits so you can try some out and figure out which feels and sounds best for you.

So yeah… there are whole communities built around mechanic keyboards. They’re more than just an expensive keyboard.

DKON1887-_USPDZBBH Ducky one 2 TKL and it was $100 USD (dont know the price structures for UK)

I grew up on clacking of the keyboard. and the “browns” are much quiter than the old mech keyboards. but loud compared to the new keyboards. plus I like the feel of the mechancal keyboards.

I use a razor BT gaming mouse for the Mac Pro. I like wireless mice better than wired. the wire gets in my way. now for the gaming rig (high end windows 10 machine) I use a wired gaming mouse and it is more accurate and works better in games.

My magic keyboard has not stuck since 2011, but it seems on Amazon, one can find the equivalent, corded, for much, much less than £84…

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0777GCK68/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=slim+corded+keyboard+and+mouse&qid=1556175902&s=gateway&sr=8-4

@Scott Boss: some noise is good. But the iMac keyboard was distracting and LOUD.